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December 31, 2012

“Art is living – all the rest is waiting”

for Christmas 1979 eldest son gave me The Unknown Craftsman, by Soetsu Yanagi

the wisdom is timeless

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“every artist knows that he is engaged in an encounter with infinity,

and that work done with heart and hand is ultimately worship of Life”

Bernard Leach

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“handcraftsmanship, if it be alive, justifies itself at any time as an intimate expression of the spirit of man. If, however, it ceases to serve a functional need, it runs the risk of becoming art for art’s sake and untrue to its nature…”

Soetsu Yanagi

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“True beauty in tea cannot lie in the perfect or imperfect, but must lie in a realm where such distinctions have ceased to exist…”

Soetsu Yanagi

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“Every work of art,…has to be a harmonious marriage between technical competency and passion.  Without structural merit there is only discord. Without passion the work merely becomes a cold and boring inventory of facts.”

Barry Tate, artist

 this Christmas, 2012, he gave me Tenryu-ji   by Norris Brock Johnson

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“Art’s magic mission is to make the spirit visible”

wishing everyone a year filled with making, art and spirit.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. January 1, 2013 3:10 am

    may your path be streamed with small joys.
    coincidentallye ,i’ve been thinking about passion and workmanship lately,some things to ponder.


  2. Judi Bushby permalink
    December 31, 2012 11:51 pm

    Amazing blogpost Jean. ah! the memories of Bryan and the Best Exotic Indigo Hotel, making new friends and sharing new experiences. The spirit of Art.


  3. December 31, 2012 7:07 pm

    fantastic words-must look that book up, it seems steeped in knowledge which i could use. have a happy and healthy and fiberfull new year, jean!


    • December 31, 2012 9:18 pm

      Anastasia – I’m amazed you haven’t read the book, it is an old classic. hope this new year is a good one for you.

      Heather- sorry, yes I received your email, I’m happily thinking of you in your wellies and scarf feeding the pigs. I’m sure we’ll get together in 2013.


      • January 2, 2013 9:37 pm

        apparently, i can get a used copy on amazon for $120, or a new one for $900! better add it to the house insurance jean!


      • January 2, 2013 10:07 pm

        Anastasia – OMG! I’ll take better care of mine. Try the library, it is a classic.


  4. December 31, 2012 5:49 pm

    Wonderful quotes, the Bernard Leach especially resonates with me today. I do hope to see you in the New Year!
    P.S. Did you get my email thanking you for the wonderful scarf? My Rogers connection is iffy at best.


  5. December 31, 2012 2:16 pm

    ah, your son knows you so well! what wonderful gifts, books, and wisdom. happy new year and thanks for sharing!


    • December 31, 2012 2:57 pm

      Aimee – Velma … is it amazing the paths we follow? Paul was 14 when he bought that first book, don’t think either he or I knew where it would take us. Happy, healthy New Year to both of you


  6. December 31, 2012 2:14 pm

    jean, i loved the unknown craftsman, even before i had ANY clue about the thinking the person behind it. i bought it in the early 80’s and as aimee says, i was just a tadpole then. i love your small stitch and you. happy new year.


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